Generations of young writing students have had the “show, don’t tell” principle of composition drilled into their psyche. And generations of young math students have plotted graph points, created Venn diagrams and turned data into pie charts in order to illustrate information. Today, these two disciplines are being combined to make connections and “show” stories in ways that raw data, words and traditional graphic forms could never communicate. Data visualization—all those graphs, charts and maps on steroids—is the new way to harness massive amounts of data, reveal patterns, discover trends and inspire action.
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